The future looks bright for Maine’s lighthouses | The Boston Globe

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More than 800 lighthouses still stand in the United States, and Michigan counts 120 to Maine’s 66, which include the Machias Seal Island Light, maintained by the Canadian Coast Guard. Maine can, however, claim to lead the country in innovative ways of preserving and maintaining these landmarks.

No longer simply photogenic icons, more than a dozen lighthouse stations now invite visitors to clamber up into their tower and/or to explore their keepers’ houses-turned-museums, welcome centers, or lodging.

“In order for lighthouses to survive, they have to speak to people in ways that move them,” observes Bob Trapani, director of the American Lighthouse Foundation. Founded 20 years ago to enable volunteers to restore and sustain their local lights, the group currently maintains 18 light stations, nine of them in Maine.

Read more of this story by Boston Globe correspondent Christina Tree.


One response to “The future looks bright for Maine’s lighthouses | The Boston Globe

  1. ernrst hillman iii

    I lived on Orr’s Island ME gru up there 1943 . I have seen the gost of pond island . one late crossing the bridge At mid night at dead low tide . i watch it go from one end of the island to the other. i spent a lot of time out there but never found a thing . But a friend found a gold deblune out there. he has sence past and im 73 . Ernest

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